March 25, 2011

Imagine if it someone wrote ...

... well, you know what to imagine.

First up Philly.com with A wary Point Breeze confronts its demographic shifts:

IT MAY NOT SEEM like an emotionally charged issue: City Council yesterday held a public hearing on a bill that would limit construction in Point Breeze for one year.

But Council Bill 110134 speaks to larger tensions involving gentrification and even race in this evolving neighborhood. It has exposed a rift between the neighborhood's historically African-American population and the mostly white newcomers who can buy homes there for thousands less than what they would just a few blocks to the north.

Last year, [a group called] Concerned Citizens caused a stir in the area with a flyer that warned against the influx of "yuppies."

"This will begin removing the poor, seniors, fix and low income, working class families and minorities," the flyer said. (Emphasis is Concerned Citizens'.)

Then there's the Washington Post with Number of black D.C. residents plummets as majority status slips away:

The number of African Americans residing in the District plummeted by more than 11 percent during the past decade, with blacks on the verge of losing their majority status in the city for the first time in half a century.

Some say the precipitous decline in the number of African Americans is alarming.

“We’re going to stop this trend — gentrification,” said D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). “We can’t displace old-time Washingtonians.”

“The key to keeping this city black is jobs, jobs, jobs for black people so they can have a better quality of life in neighborhoods in the city,” he added.

[Poet E. Ethelbert Miller said], “We’re seeing the eroding of a community. If you’re a black person accustomed to a way of life, that way of life is coming to an end. The city ain’t gonna be black no more ..."

And yes, that would be the same former DC Mayor Marion Barry, in case you were wondering.

Posted by Hube at March 25, 2011 05:55 PM | TrackBack

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How much longer will we put up with racial minorities saying things that would be socially unacceptable if they came out of the mouths of white people? How much longer will we allow public officials to engage in a neo-segregationist agenda so as to protect predominantly minority towns, neighborhoods, and institutions fro being made avery bit as integrated and inclusive as the law requires of predominantly white ones? How long?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at March 25, 2011 07:54 PM